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Landau’s NEW book


America’s Got Talent Winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.

From Washing Cars to Hollywood Star

by Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. with Rick Robinson




announcing his Christmas CD and tour!


Christmas Made For Two

Scheduled Christmas tour visits

There are still shows being added to the Christmas tour, so be on the lookout for updates and additions!

November 1st in Roanoke, WV at the Stonewall Resort
November 8th in Morgantown, WV
November 9th in Washington, DC at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club
November 15th in Ripley, WV
November 16th in Charleston, WV at the WV Music Hall of Fame
November 17th in Bridgeport, WV
November 30th in Pittsburgh, PA at the Macy’s Christmas Parade
December 6th and Saturday December 7th in Shanghai, China
December 20th in Ashland, KY
December 21st in Pikeville, KY

Pre-purchase information for both the book and the CD will be available soon!



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Band member of the month: Rick Tolbert!

Rick Tolbert

Rick Tolbert

Fast Facts

Instrument: Trombone

How long have you been playing?: For 31 years

What do you do when you’re not playing with Landau?: I promote my own band, ‘Soul Alchemy and the Voodoo Horns’ and I hang with the love of my life, the lovely Jeannette Dillon

Who are some other notable artists you’ve played with or gigs you’ve played?:  The O’Jays, the Temptations, Patti LaBelle, Natalie Cole, and Bob Hope

What’s your most memorable Landau gig?: My most memorable show has to be Clarksburg, WV. Fifteen minutes before show time, a major rainstorm blew into the outdoor amphitheater we were set to perform in. As the production crew scrambled to cover the stage, instruments, and equipment, the band huddled in the small backstage dressing room to wait out the storm. The crowd of over 2,000 headed out of the amphitheater to wait in their cars and listen to the radio for word of whether the concert would be cancelled. The rain kept coming; we kept waiting. The local TV meteorologist was the emcee for the show and was checking in with the TV station and their Doppler radar to watch for a break in the storm. At about 11:15, three and a half hours after the show was supposed to start, the monsoon finally ended. The gear was uncovered and the concert went on. To our amazement, most of the crowd had waited in their cars the entire three and half hours and came back into the concert.

On a much sunnier note, we headlined the main stage in the Sunshine State of California at the State Fair in Sacramento. I lived in the Nor Cal for 22 years, playing professionally. I was instrumental (ha!) in getting eight players from that area that are good friends, amazing players, and wonderful people to play with Landau.

What’s your favorite part of playing with Landau?: The band is tremendous, from a player’s perspective. But that goes hand in hand with the affable personalities of Jennifer and Landau. They are wonderful people.

What are some of your hobbies and other interests?: Faith, family, and sports

What advice do you have for young musicians?: Most people don’t agree with me on this, but music is rarely about “the you.” At it’s core, it’s about them, the consumer who enjoys the product you provide. So remember, we entertain others, and hopefully we get our satisfaction inside of the music the consumer purchases.


To find out more about Rick Tolbert and his band, Soul Alchemy and the Voodoo Horns, visit their Facebook pages below!

Rick Tolbert – Trombonist


Soul Alchemy and the Voodoo Horns



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Band Member of the Month: Gordon Towell!


Gordon Towell

Gordon Towell

Fast Facts

Instrument: Saxophones

How long have you been playing?: A long time.

What do you do when you’re not playing with Landau?: I teach Jazz at Morehead State University.

Who are some other notable artists you’ve played with or gigs you’ve played?:  Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Frankie Valli, Johnny Mathis, LeAnn Rimes, and others.

What’s your most memorable Landau gig?: The Gilligan’s Island Theme.

What’s your favorite part of playing with Landau?: His incredible musicianship and the way he always “brings it” to every performance.

What are some of your hobbies and other interests?: Soccer and sailing.

What advice do you have for young musicians?: Practice and listen to all types of music. Don’t be afraid to ask advice from older players.
Gordon Towell collage

Gordon Towell

     When Canadian Saxophonist Gordon Towell’s not teaching jazz in a Morehead State University classroom, he’s likely to be performing with the Vince DiMartino/MilesOsland Jazz Orchestra (DOJO), the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, the Lipzz Big Band, and many national acts. Towell, who holds a BEd in music education from the University of Alberta, an MM in jazz studies from Indiana University and a DME with a cognate in jazz studies from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, has shared his expertise with students at the University of Cincinnati, Indiana University, Keyano College, Grant MacEwan College, and numerous public schools. A Professor of Music in jazz studies and music education at Morehead, Towell directs two jazz bands and several jazz combos, teaches jazz history and improvisation, and prepares student teachers for the classroom. He also finds time to adjudicate, guest solo and perform with national and international artists, and conduct throughout Canada and the U.S. His saxophone performance can be heard on Outlier, Sketch Pad, Ask Me Now, Blue Duck Suit, and Still Friends, which are all available through These CDs have been featured on NPR, CBC, and CKUA radio.

     Gordon is a recipient of the 2001 Morehead State University’s Distinguished Creative Productions Award.  He is a Conn Selmer clinician and plays Selmer saxophones. Gordon is a Conn-Selmer clinician.

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Supporting Charleston Montessori’s Celebrity GRAND SLAM!



Bring your family for a fun night at Appalachian Power Park on Saturday August 24th!


Making a celebrity guest appearance, Landau will be singing the national anthem and will coach and play ball along with local celebrities in the big game! Come out and enjoy a night of fun watching the game and enjoying evening fireworks!


Tickets are $5 and are available for purchase at Charleston Montessori, from CMS families or at the gate on game night. ALL ticket sales will benefit Charleston Montessori School.


Appalachian Power Park is located at 601 Morris St. in Charleston, WV. The festivities are set to start at 7:30 PM ET.


For more information, visit the Charleston Montessori website or the Celebrity Grand Slam Facebook event.

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Winner Croons in Cocoa Beach

‘America’s Got Talent’ Winner Croons in Cocoa Beach

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. performs Wednesday at Heidi’s

by Mike Nunez

A remarkable rags-to-riches story, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. was the “singing car washer” who surprised America with his renditions of classics by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and more. After walking away with the $1 million grand prize from NBC’s sixth season of “America’s Got Talent,” Landau released his debut CD “That’s Life,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard jazz charts.

He makes a stop at Heidi’s Jazz Club in Cocoa Beach on Wednesday. Heidi’s has hosted local and national talent since Heidi and Eddie Deleuil opened their doors in 1992.


QUESTION: How different is life now that you won “America’s Got Talent”?

ANSWER: Life changed only in the fact that I am now able to earn a living by singing. Before AGT I was singing for charity and raising money for those less fortunate. Now I am able to do what I love and provide for my wife and kids.


Q: Was it hard to adjust to sudden stardom?

A: Not really. I was singing since I was 3, so I felt like I was always out there in front of people. I just thank God every day that he steered me to AGT; that gave me the opportunity to just be on a bigger stage.


Q: When people meet you who didn’t know you from the show, are they surprised by the genre of music you sing?

A: Oh, yes. You wouldn’t expect me to be doing crooner classics. No one would. If you looked at me you would think I would sing Bob Marley or some R&B music. I guess that is what shocked the world when they first saw me on the show. I feel God preserved me for the right moment to be seen by the world. I grew up in the YouTube era, but no one ever caught my show on tape, or ever uploaded it to the Internet, so when I went on AGT that was the first time people ever got to see what I was all about. I like the music because it isn’t degrading to women, it isn’t talking about “bling bling” or anything else that makes people feel less about themselves. It is good, honest music that sounds as good today as when it was first recorded. It’s timeless music that doesn’t insult anyone and can be listened to by everyone.


Q: What can you tell me about the book you are writing?

A: It is really just telling my story and about the hard times I had growing up on welfare. I went from West Virginia to a very (rough) part of Detroit. I had to learn how to adapt and get along with all types of people. I learned how to talk my way into or out of just about any situation. God gave me the blessing of being able to adapt.


Q: Are you working on a new album?

A: I am working on a Christmas CD that is almost complete. I am going to be finishing it up when I get back to Hollywood with producer Jeff Webber. I will also work on another crooners classic CD.


Q: Do you have any plans to record original music as well as covers?

A: I will have at least four or five original tracks on the new CD. I think every artist wants to record originals because that is what defines you as an artist. If all you do is covers, people sometimes look at you as a glorified karaoke artist. I am proud of what we have put together. I selected every member of the band, and we are ready to tour the country. Everything is going great and I look forward to taking that step in doing original music.


Q: Take us back to when you were washing cars and singing. How did you go from there to auditioning for AGT?

A: I had fallen on some hard times. I had just been robbed, and they stole everything from me. The clothes I was wearing on those TV pieces were the only clothes I owned. I didn’t have anything to lose and God spoke to me. He lead me to try out. I needed a bigger stage and the opportunity, and he gave it to me. I was at my mother’s and Howie Mandel was doing a commercial for the show, and I knew that is what I had to do. I went in with no intentions, no expectations and am blessed to have won the show.

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Celebrate Landau’s Birthday At His First LA Concert!


Come celebrate Landau’s birthday with his first Los Angeles concert appearance at the Catalina Club!

Catalina Jazz Club

Martini’s Across America Presents America’s Got Talent Winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. along with The No Vacancy Orchestra on Sunday night August 11th.

Proudly sponsored by Citi (Citibank) and Hosted by Dave Damiani with a special introduction by Brad “Martini” Chambers


Dave Damiani


Brad "Martini" Chambers



For reservations and tickets, call the Catalina Club at (323) 466-2210

Check out and for more details


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